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For Students

RSA membership is a useful asset for students interested in any aspect of Renaissance studies. Approximately 15% of RSA members identify as students, and we’re adapting how the society works, to address the needs of our members. To help you decide whether RSA membership is right for you, we’ve highlighted a few member benefits, below.


We have an opt-in, income-based dues structure that keeps the contribution low for those receiving the least amount of financial support and compensation. Membership operates on a rolling basis, so you receive 12 months of benefits from the time you join. Students are full members of the RSA and receive all membership benefits, including electronic access to the full run of Renaissance Quarterly and the option to receive the next four print issues of the journal (at no additional charge). Members also have access to the Early English Books Online database (EEBO), due to a special partnership between the RSA and ProQuest, and access to discounted academic subscription offers. Additionally, members have the opportunity to set up individual profiles and connect with interest groups through the RSA website.

Students are also invited to join the RSA Student Community on Humanities Commons.

Research Fellowships

Students are invited to apply for nearly all categories of RSA research fellowships. We offer residential fellowships based at several research centers as well as fellowships that may be used to fund research travel anywhere in the world. The annual deadline for applying for an RSA research fellowship is September 15. Visit our Fellowships Program page for more information.

Mentoring Program

Our mentorship program pairs emerging scholars with experienced guides to have conversations about the field of Renaissance studies and how one might pursue various career paths. The mentors and mentees meet virtually several times during the academic year. The annual deadline for applications to participate is July 1. For more details, please visit our Mentoring Program page.

Annual Meeting

The RSA Annual Meeting is the largest international conference in Renaissance studies each year, an occasion when scholars from around the world gather to share formal presentations, participate in workshops and seminars, and get to know each other. All student members, at any level of their studies, are welcome at the conference as attendees. The RSA also welcomes graduate student speakers who are within one or two years of defending their dissertations. The annual deadline for these advanced students to submit paper or session applications is August 15. Please see the Annual Meeting section of our website for more information, accessible from the home page.

The RSA invites applications from students for grants intended to support travel to the Annual Meeting. Travel grants are intended to support student members who will present their work at the conference. Diversity grants help offset travel costs and conference registration fees for RSA members from under-represented groups in Renaissance studies. On-site care grants help with the cost of childcare or other special needs at the conference. The grant application portal opens in late fall, after Annual Meeting acceptances have been sent. Please see the Annual Meeting section of our website for more information, accessible from the home page.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarships and Discounts

The RSA partners with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, Canada to offer tuition scholarships and discounted registration rates for students to participate in the institute in June. These scholarships aim to support innovative research and pedagogy in all RSA disciplines, as well as new interdisciplinary collaborations. Additionally, all current RSA members have the opportunity to register for one of the institute’s courses (one week) at a discounted rate. Please see our DHSI Scholarships page for more info.

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Want to become a member? Join the RSA and immediately gain access to digital resources such as the full run of Renaissance Quarterly, ProQuest’s Early English Books Online database (EEBO), and various other discounted academic subscription offers.

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